Marcus De Guzman / Jeep | September 02, 2015 09:21
Wrangler-based pickup in the works but not yet approved for production
It seems that Jeep is setting its sights on the pickup segment as Automotive News reports that the company is working on a rumored pickup alongside future plans including the rumored Grand Wagoneer and a re-engineered Grand Cherokee as such.
The said pickup is currently in the works but it has not yet been green-lighted for production. Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA) is still thinking whether to go on with the planned pickup as it will mean having to expand Wrangler production in Toledo, Ohio.
It will reportedly have a shorter bed than most pickups and will mostly use chassis/suspension components of the Wrangler. If green-lighted, production of the Wrangler-based pickup could start in 2018.
Meanwhile, the next-generation Jeep Wrangler is due to be out in 2017 and will retain its solid axle suspension and steel body-on-frame construction. However, its doors, hood and rear tailgate will now be made from aluminum to reduce weight. Other reported revisions for the 2017 Wrangler include: raked windscreen for better aerodynamics, 8-speed automatic gearbox and a refined Pentastar engine lineup.
The rumored Grand Wagoneer on the other hand will arrive in showrooms in 2019 and will be able to seat 8 occupants. In addition, it will be underpinned by the Grand Cherokee platform but will have more upscale interior amenities and features.
The Grand Cherokee was scheduled for reengineering but has been delayed for at least a year as Jeep is also developing the previously mentioned Grand Wagoneer.
Note: Pictured in green is the 2005 Jeep Gladiator concept, followed by the current Grand Cherokee finished in gray
Source: Automotive News